At the Center for Women, we help women build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. Through our informative educational programs, networking opportunities, and skill building workshops focused on personal and professional development, we offer a wide selection of special opportunities for women to learn, thrive, and succeed. In all that we do, we are committed to creating a network of women who are equipped have economic success and become leaders in their personal, professional, and community lives. Our program focus areas include: Personal Empowerment Youth Empowerment Professional Development Entrepreneurship Education and Awareness Annual Women’s Conference Tell us what’s important to you and we can help you find your path. Learn. Thrive. Succeed.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
We are so honored to have community members and volunteers serving on our board of directors and working to help ensure better lives for the women in our community.
Board of Directors
Sonya Wyatt, President
Patricia Ferguson, Vice President
Regional Workforce Advisor, SC Department of Commerce, Trident Regional Education Center
LB Adams, Secretary
Founder, Trainer & Communication Catalyst, Practical Dramatics
Lisa Dabney Executive Director, Center for Women (Ex Officio)
Jenny Dennis Chief Operating Officer, Trio Solutions
Emily-Elise Martin Student Employment Services, Trident Technical College
Renee Singletary Owner, Consultant, Charleston Virtual
BOARD PRESIDENT EMERITI
- Susan Parsons
- Mary Peck Hewlett
- Harriet Smartt
- Kathi Flowers
- Nancy Currey
- Brenda Hewell
- Kitty Robinson
- Jan Shealy Wallen
- Beth Huntley
- Sunny Gray
- Laura Bright
- Susan Romaine
- Doretha Walker
- Shari Stauch
- Jane Perdue
- Virginia Mandel
C4W IN THE NEWS
Check out some great articles written about Center for Women
- July 25, 2017 - At Charleston event, women of color find ways to forge path to politics (Post & Courier)
- March 22, 2017 - SC Event encourgages women to run for office (The State)
- March 14, 2017 - Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and Auther of ‘Lean In,’ heads to Charleston (Charleston City Paper)
- October 11, 2015 – At 25, Center for Women Going Strong! (Post & Courier)
- July 22nd, 2015 –Amy Brennan: Using a Communication Degree to Realize a Custom-Tailored Career
- June 15th 2015 – Amy Brennen – Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive People
- June 6th, 2015- Small businesses in Columbia, SC, enjoy low costs
- April 13th, 2015– Verizon Recognizes 29 Community Organizations that are Fueling Company Charleston Hiring Push
- March 30th, 2015- Columbia College and C4W Launch New Initiative to Support growth of Women-owned Business
- March 20th, 2015- New York Best Selling Author & Momastery.com Blogger Glennon Doyle Melton, Comes to Charleston!
- February 2nd, 2015- Charleston’s Center for Women Announces annual Conference
- March 28th, 2014- “Come and Get the Message”
- March 27th, 2014- Charleston Center for Women unveils New Vision
- July 28th, 2014- Center for Women to Celebrate Four Honorees at Be Brave Brunch
- July 24th, 2014- Women’s Business Owners Face Gender Gap
- August 30th, 2013- Amy Brennan: New Center for Women leader knows life’s struggles and success
- August 3rd, 2013- Amy Brennan Named New Executive Director
It is the policy of the C4W to be inclusive, to provide a safe environment in which women of any race or persuasion feel free to express their views, discuss their concerns and find answers to the questions their lives pose to them. It is with this in mind that the Board of Directors and Staff believe that the C4W should not issue policy statements endorsing any one particular political or social issue. Such endorsements would in effect negate the purpose for which the C4W was founded: to provide any woman, regardless of race, political or religious affiliation, or sexual orientation, with services that will enable her to fulfill her greatest human potential in accordance with her own personal belief system. As a result, it is the C4W’s policy to offer the broadest range of services possible in accordance only with sound fiscal practices. The C4W does believe, however, that advocacy in the form of disseminating information on issues women face is also part of its mission and it is its policy to strive to ensure that the information the C4W provides is accurate and reflects the views, to the greatest extent possible, of the women it serves.
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The Center for Women was founded in 1990 as “The Center for Women in Transition,” and became a registered non-profit in 1992. Originally established as a counseling center, the organization aimed “to help women develop positively in their personal growth, productiveness, and general well-being.” Staffed only a by a director and dedicated volunteers, we offered individual and family counseling, support groups, skill-based groups, and enrichment programs. Founding members included Susan Parsons and Director Beth Harrison. In 1996, under Director Patricia Goodwin, the Center’s staff grew to include a Volunteer Coordinator and Publicity Director, and our program offerings expanded to accommodate women’s changing roles and needs. While counseling remained the focus of the organization, we added an educational lunch series that covered topics such as Anger Management, Financial Planning, and Math for Life. In 1998, the Center moved from downtown Charleston to West Ashley, and came under the direction of Linda Toporek. By 2001, we were serving more than 2,000 women annually through counseling and workshops.
In the following years, under Director Jennet Robinson Alterman, the organization further developed as a hub for women to access networking opportunities, information, and referrals. In 2007, we moved to the house on Cannon Street that would be our home for 10 years. The iconic green house was dedicated to Countess Alicia Spaulding Paolozzi, whose foundation made the move possible. From there, our services continued to expand beyond the city of Charleston to Mt. Pleasant and as far as Summerville. After another move in 2017, we’re back in West Ashley, but our mission hasn’t changed. As we continue to grow with the community around us, we look forward to providing opportunities for coming generations of women in the Lowcountry to learn, thrive, and succeed.